Governor's School for Agriculture: 2022: Starting
Your Research

Welcome! This guide is designed to help you find information for your research topics and projects that you'll be working on for the next couple of weeks. Please feel free to contact any of the librarians listed on this page for help!

Developing Keywords & Searching Activity

When looking for information, you need to start with terms (also called keywords) about your topic.  Starting by opening the following Word document:

Make a copy of This Worksheet to work on in class (File → Make a Copy)

For the first part of this activity, we'll be searching Google (you may have a different search engine you prefer, but for this class, we'll all be using the same search engine) and Google Scholar.

For the second part of this activity, we'll be searching the library's databases using search strategies that you create --- use the tabs above to find databases that cover your group's project area and the "Building Searches" tab to help you put your strategies together! 

Note on accessing sources: if you see "citation online" or "Request through Interlibrary Loan" you won't be able to use that source for your project.

Developing Keywords (2min)

Moving from Keywords to Searching Databases (2min 55sec)

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